Karen DeBenedetti

Gallery Specialist & Ceramics Instructor

Karen De Benedetti is a visual storyteller detailing fragments of recollected moments. Her curiosities lie in how interactions with banal objects and materials become evocative, eliciting one memory and not another. By removing objects from their typical environments, she erases histories and imposes new structures. Reconstructing and manipulating objects, she blurs boundaries as a means to see the beauty in moments between chaos and the pause of reflection.

Karen holds a Master of Fine Art from the Oregon College of Art & Craft and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has participated in residencies at the Bush Barn Art Center, the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology and the Kirkland Arts Center’s visiting artist program. As a teaching artist, Karen has facilitated numerous community art sculptures and public art pieces. By encouraging participation through storytelling and shared experiences, she views her art as a vehicle for connecting people. Karen resides in Portland, OR.  

Some of Karen's work: